New Delhi, Dec 20: Professional boxing in India is all set to get a massive fillip with the President of WBA — one of the four organisations which sanction world championship bouts — Geroldo Jesus Mendoza planning a trip to the country in March-April next year to initiate a programme for development of the sport. (ALSO READ; Vijender Singh dominates 3rd professional bout; beats Samet Hyuseinov to register hat-trick knockout wins)Also Read - Floyd 'Money' Mayweather Eyes Final Payday Against Conor McGregor
The World Boxing Association (WBA) had invited Indian Boxing Council President Brig (retd) P K Muralidharan Raja to be a part of its 94th Annual Convention at Panama City recently. And after a series of interactions with Raja, the WBA chief has decided to visit India.”We want to take the WBA franchise to India. We can help kids use the sport as a vehicle to improve their lives. India matches perfectly with our strategy of going worldwide with boxing,” Mendoza said after his meeting with Raja. Also Read - Vijender Singh Dubs Zulpikar Fight as India vs China
Raja said the Mendoza’s visit is being planned in March-April.”This visit will be the first by the head of a world professional boxing body,” he said.Besides, the WBA President has approved the visit of its Director Stanley Christodoulou in January next year to conduct a seminar for upgradation of IBC Referees and Judges to WBA standards. Also Read - Vijender Singh Dubs Chinese Opponent Zulpikar Maimaitiali as Inexperienced
Stanley has been referee in more than 240 World Title bouts so far. He was the first man to referee world title fights in all 17 weight categories, and the third to oversee 100 world title bouts.Stanley is likely to be accompanied by John Fleming, a Member of WBA Medical Advisory Board, who is also a Neurologist.WBA International Coordinator Marianna Borissova will conduct the Supervisor’s training along with Stanley and Fleming for Indian Boxing Council (IBC) in January.
Brig Raja said the IBC’s First Fight Card is likely to commence in in the same month and three days prior to that, a seminar for supervisors, referees and judges and ringside doctors would be held in Delhi.”The 94th WBA Annual Convention at Panama City was a real eye-opener for me on many counts. Although I have attended many International Boxing General Assemblys in Amateur Boxing in the last three decades, this was the first time that I saw wholehearted participation of all stake holders discussing threadbare various pros and cons of all subjects connected with Pro Boxing,” Raja said.